- Associated Press - Thursday, November 17, 2016

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A district judge has approved judgments totaling $325,000 in a lawsuit against a former Tulsa County sheriff’s deputy convicted of sexual battery and indecent exposure.

Gerald Nuckolls agreed to a $300,000 judgment approved Tuesday, which concluded a lawsuit filed by a woman in 2015. The woman accused Nuckolls of inappropriately touching her and exposing himself to her while responding to a 911-hang up call at her residence. Nuckolls maintained throughout his trial that the behavior was consensual, but conceded that he had violated Sheriff’s Office policies, the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/2gmzeDz ) reported.

A $25,000 judgment offered by the Tulsa Sheriff’s office was also agreed upon. The woman’s attorney Stephen Capron said he and his client are still awaiting that payment.

“We’re very confident that the county has liability for it,” he said. “Whether or not we have to jump through a lot of hoops to get it is something that remains open to some level of question at this point.”

Capron said the woman was relieved that Nuckolls was successfully prosecuted in criminal court, and that the civil case was successful as well.

“We don’t have a lot of hope that Nuckolls himself will be held liable for the damages, but we do feel that the county owes the money and we’ll make our efforts to collect against the county,” Capron said.

Nuckolls was sentenced to eight years in prison in the case. He was acquitted of similar charges involving a different woman at a separate location and date.


Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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